On Sunday evening, it was confirmed by the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd that John Mitchell has taken over as the Blue Bulls’ Currie Cup coach after Nollis Marais was granted leave for the remainder of the 2017 season.
According to sport24, the Blue Bulls have lost their last three Currie Cup games which prompted the union to make a change.
In a press statement, the CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan explained that this “merely the next step in the turnaround strategy”.
Van Graan added: “We are working hard to ensure the sustainable and long-term success of the Bulls and Blue Bulls, as we continue striving towards achieving success and restoring trust and faith in our brand.
"I believe this step furthermore grants us the opportunity to cross pollinate within our structures, ensuring what coaches have learnt whilst being involved at senior rugby levels is transferred throughout the entire system and structure, thus benefiting at all levels. We urge our supporters and fans to rally behind the team by coming out and showing their support."
Head Coach, Attack, Exits: John Mitchell
Skills and Kicking: Hayden Groepes
Lineouts: Pote Human
Scrums: Gary Botha
Defence (All teams, junior and senior): Pine Pienaar
Strength and Conditioning: Jacus Coetzee (Head Weekly Tactical Periodisation (WTP) and Rehab), Ghafoer Luckan (Senior Strength and Conditioning assistant)